Three Thais arrested in connection to shooting of Australian
A 18-year-old vocational school student and two men have been arrested in connection to the shooting and injuring of a 64-year-old Australian man last week.
The student, whose name was withheld because he is 18 years old, admitted that he shot Edward Leslie Woodward in Mueang Surat Thani on May 21.
Police took the student to enact the alleged crime in front of the Nomhok shop on the Chon Kasem in Tambon Talad at 11:30 am Friday.
The student said he agreed to take the job of the gunman because he owed a debt of gratitude to the one who hired him.
The student of a well-known vocational school in Surat Thani told police that he was told only to kill a man who was driving a Toyota Vios with Surat Thani license plate of Koryor-6518.
He said he spotted the car and he opened fire at the driver immediately. When he was about to fire for the second time to finish off his target, he realized that his target is a foreigner. He was startled and sped off on his motorcycle.
The Australian was hit at his arms and was rushed to a hospital where he was saved.
The student said he turned himself to police after learning that an arrest warrant has been issued against him.
Surat Thani police chief Pol Maj Gen Apichart Boonsriroj said two other suspects have been arrested. They were identified as Wannachai Mengchuay, 48, and Jiradet Paksong, 43.
Apichart said Wannachai and Jiradet denied that they were involved with the murder attempt.
Apichart said the assassination attempt was motivated by jealousy and an affair. The provincial police chief did not elaborate.
A source from the provincial police office said the Australian man lives with his Thai girlfriend in Mueag Surat district but he also has long-term affair with a caddy girl, who is married to a Thai man. The Australian man is known to have been giving monthly allowance to the caddy, whom police will soon interrogate, the source added.